ZEALANDIA by Night Logo

Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night. See unique species such as wētā, glow worms, and tuatara. Your group may see some of the 130 little spotted kiwi who call ZEALANDIA home - sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (circa 80%), but are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of the unique species within Māori culture. The tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre. 

What You Might See:

Glow-Worms | Ruru/Morepork | Pāteke | Longfin Eel | Little Spotted Kiwi | Maud Island Frog | Tuatara | Wētā | Kākā | Takahē

Overview

Duration: 2.5 hours
Departing: Around dusk
Tours Available: Nightly
Maximum Capacity: 12 people per tour
Minimum Age: 12 years

 

Prices

Adult: $85
Child (ages 12-17): $40
Adult Members: $42.50
Child Members (ages 12-17): $20

 

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"Hard to explain how much I appreciated this tour. The 500-year vision of Zealandia is amazing and I truly hope that they will achieve it. Our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do and what they believe! Great tour!" - ZEALANDIA By Night review by Karen, via Viator

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FAQs

When should I arrive? We recommend visitors arrive at the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes ahead of their tour.
What should I wear? Dress to the conditions, with comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and a waterproof layer just in case!
What if the weather is bad on the day of my tour? We go out in just about all conditions, so be prepared! In very extreme circumstances we may call off a tour for safety reasons. If this happens to your tour we will let visitors know as soon as possible and do our best to arrange a tour at a later date.
Can I book my own private tour?  Absolutely! Just email us and we can arrange for you.
What if I have any mobility or accessibility requirements? We are pretty flexible in catering for any special requirements but we do need to know about them beforehand, so please email us to see how we can accomodate you. We also have more general accessibility information here.
How do I get to ZEALANDIA? ZEALANDIA is just a 10 minute drive from the CBD, and also on multiple bus lines. See more here.

 

 

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"The night tour offered by Zealandia is just magic. Its 10 minutes drive or a bus ride from the CBD and you are in another world. The tour began at twilight so we saw the day birds settling for the night. But as night fell we heard kiwi and morepork calls. We saw Tuatara - ancient reptiles which have been extinct on the mainland for over a hundred years. Glow worms shone through the foliage alongside the path and reflected off the water. A highlight was of course seeing a kiwi in the wild but just being in the forest in the peace and quiet of the night was truly magical." - ZEALANDIA By Night review by Julie, via Trip Advisor